Aspen, the 2016 Little Yellow Dog

Aspen, the 2016 Little Yellow Dog, pictured at the Sioux City Journal office in in Sioux City, Iowa, Saturday, November 29, 2016. (Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal)

Jim Lee, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | The 81st annual Little Yellow Dog Auction will start at noon Saturday at the Ho-Chunk Centre atrium, 600 Fourth St., downtown Sioux City.

Proceeds from the auction, sponsored by the Ancient and Effervescent Order of the Little Yellow Dog, a local civic group, will benefit the Journal’s Mr. Goodfellow Charity, a tradition that provides gifts and books to 8,000 underprivileged area children at Christmastime.

The auction is open to the public. Live music starts at 11 a.m. The Journal will offer a live video stream of the auction at siouxcityjournal.com as well as a live Twitter stream. Share your comments and/or photos on Twitter or Instagram using #yellowdog2016

This year's dog that will be auctioned is Aspen, a 14-week-old male Maltese. He was donated by the Jameley and Jim Levich family of Sioux City. 

Aspen's coat is fluffy and white, like snow, and is named after a popular skiing destination in Colorado.  

Dr. Michelle Bader, kennel master for the Ancient and Effervescent Order of the Little Yellow Dog and veterinarian at Family Pet Hospital, said Aspen’s breed typically grows to 7 or 8 pounds and can live up to 15 years.

Last year’s Little Yellow Dog, Dasher, a beagle puppy, sold for $10,200 to Don Boyer of McCook Lake, South Dakota.

Each year since 1936, the Ancient and Effervescent Order of the Little Yellow Dog has auctioned a puppy to raise money for Mr. Goodfellow. The first pup, Skippy, was sold for $25.

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